#165: No Country For Old Men (2007)

When and how did I watch this?

December 23rd, 2015, on a friend’s PLEX account.

Had I seen this film already?

Nope.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Absolutely nothing.  I didn’t even look for background.

What do I know about it now?

I think I was supposed to like this one, but it fell flat for me.  The first 20 minutes or so were really intense, and some of the suspense carried through about half of it.  However, it felt like Jones’ character was just sorta hanging around, and every scene with him in it felt like a waste of time.  I don’t remember the name of the killer, but his presence loomed and scared me to no end.  It felt piecy, meandering, and inconclusive.  I think the story was that the aging law officer couldn’t keep up anymore, but it didn’t work.

What are some themes in the film?

Aging, drugs, serial killers

Did this affect me personally?

Some of the images of (spoiler incoming) holes in the victims’ heads were quite much.  I’ll never forget the sound of the killer’s air pressure canister shooting stuff.

Why is this ranked #165?

It’s a Coen brothers movie, and it features a cool weapon. That’s about it.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She couldn’t stand it, and soon moved on to her iPad.

Would I watch it again?

No.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

You’ve probably seen it.  That’s the end of that.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Not really.  It had the elements of being great setting out, but it wasn’t well put together as a whole unit.   I’m not convinced.

 

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